Alumni Board of Directors

2018 Alumni Board

Vernon Avant
Vernon Avant
Executive Business Consultant HCMKC
Olathe, KS
(913) 908-4667

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Willie Barney
B.A., Sociology/Teaching Certification, 1996; M.A.E., School Counseling, 2001; Doctorate of Educational Leadership, 2007
Executive Director of Supplemental Services, Waterloo Community Schools
Cedar Falls, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Although I didn’t realize it at the time, the smaller classes and closeness of everything on campus was perfect.  I realized how huge this was for me  after lecturing in a class at Iowa.  I couldn’t have imagined being in a lecture hall with 400 kids and having my classes spread all over the place.  The class sizes at UNI allow you to make connections with your professors and students in your classes that I’m not sure are easily attained in larger environments.

Debora Blume
Debora Blume
B.A., Broadcast Journalism, 1994
Senior Implementation and Communications Professional
West Des Moines, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Living in Campbell Hall/MASH House and meeting so many people who are still my friends today.

Drew Conrad
Drew Conrad
M.P.P., Public Policy, 1993
Economic Development/Senior Program Manager, Institute for Decision Making, University of Northern Iowa
Waterloo, IA

Favorite UNI Memory:  The people!  The students, faculty and staff cared and were proud to be at UNI!  They truly made it a unique place for me and my graduate education.

Grant Erwin
Grant Erwin
B.A., Criminology and Family Services, 2007
High School Math Teacher, Pritzker College Prep.
Chicago, IL
(319) 404-0254

Favorite UNI Memory:
 One of my favorite memories was starting up the Relay for Life event with a few friends and then seeing it grow over the years I was here.

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Daniel Fick
B.A., Biology, 1985
Physician, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Coralville, IA
(319) 354-8298

Favorite UNI Memory: My wife and I were athletes for UNI in the 80's. I ran track and cross country and Deb was a swimmer. We have had the pleasure of watching our daughter and son compete for the Panthers on the track and cross country teams. We greatly enjoy yelling "Go Panthers!" at the meets.

Jerry Glazier
Jerry Glazier
B.A., Psychology, 1977
Former Telecom Executive - Consultant in Corporate/Community Relations and Human Resources
Kansas City, MO
(816) 210-0960

Favorite UNI Memory: The many life-long friends I have made and still to this day stay in regular contact with.

Virgil Goodrich
Virgil Goodrich
B.A., Mathematics and Physical Education, 1967; M.A., Education, 1974
Retired, Superintendent Aplington-Parkersburg Community School District
Parkersburg, IA
(319) 269-7442

Favorite UNI Memory: Meeting my wife in a class that she received a higher grade.

Jerry Harris
Jerry Harris
Chief Operations Officer Western Home Communities
Cedar Falls, IA
(319) 230-7688

Michele (Livingston) Haupt
Michele (Livingston) Haupt
B.A., Social Science Education, 1983
Section 8 Advantage Coach, Sioux City Housing Authority
Sioux City, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: My favorite memories are all the people--friends especially, but also the professors. I also loved Christmas songs from the campanile. 

Jeffrey Hoppenworth
Jeffrey Hoppenworth
B.A., English, 1973
Waukesha, WI
(414) 719-4127

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Steven Jackson
M.B.A., Business Administration, 1996
HRIS Sr. Analyst, Centura Health
Littleton, CO

Favorite UNI Memory: 2010 Panther victory over top-seeded Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

Nicole (Tremel) Juranek
B.A., English Education, 2000; M.A., Communication Education, 2004
Professor, Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, IA

Favorite UNI Memory: Joining the UNI speech team was the most life-changing moment for me in college. Today, this is my career!

Jason Lau, Ph.D.
Jason Lau, Ph.D.
B.A., Leisure Services, 1999; M.A., Leisure, Youth & Human Services Administration, 2002
Executive Director of School of Extended and International Education, Sonoma State University
San Rafael, CA

Favorite UNI Memory: I had a great experience participating in the Camp Adventure Child & Youth Services program serving military families worldwide.

Kevin Mote
Kevin Mote
B.A., Finance, 1987
VP Trust Officer/Property Manager, MidWestOne Bank
Mt. Vernon, IA
(319) 356-5963

Favorite UNI Memory:
 Love the fact that it is a hybrid school-smaller than U of I or ISU but similar to a Cornell or Coe College (smaller classes, small campus, etc.) Plus, it’s mostly Iowa kids who stay in Iowa.

Connie Peters
Connie (Sander) Peters
B.A., Elementary Education, 1973; Library Media Certification, 1986
Retired Educator
Cedar Falls, IA
(319) 240-1160

Favorite UNI Memory: Being an Orchasis member from '69-'71.

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Beth (McKee) Primrose
B.A., Education, 1966
Retired Elementary Teacher, Cedar Falls Community Schools
Cedar Falls

Favorite UNI Memories: The Campanile and Prexy's Pond!

Allison (Cink) Rickels
Allison (Cink) Rickels
B.A., Public Relations, 2001
Executive Director/CEO, The FarmHouse Foundation
Kansas City, MO
(816) 507-0040

Favorite UNI memory: My favorite UNI memories all start with joining Alpha Phi sorority as a first-semester freshman. Alpha Phi was my launching pad to get involved at UNI, gave me the best friends I could have ever had in college, enabled me to be a leader, helped me meet so many terrific people, gave me a sense of belonging to something bigger than myself and truly made UNI feel like home. For example, as a first-semester freshman, I volunteered to help with a service project for an organization within my major and I was turned down – they said they had enough people. At the same time, I raised my hand to volunteer in a leadership role with my Alpha Phi chapter and I was elected. I was elated. Both were eye-opening and humbling, influential experiences for me. While I was told “no” by one group, I was given a chance by my sorority to get involved. Alpha Phi empowered me - gave me the confidence, opportunities and leadership skills I needed, and I never looked back. I caught the bug and volunteered as much as I could at UNI. In turn, when I graduated, I was a named a Lux Award Recipient, UNI’s highest honor given to 5 undergraduates each year for their service to the university and community. This honor is one I am most proud of, not because of what I did, but because of my Alpha Phi sisters. They afforded me this incredible honor – they inspired, challenged, empowered and believed in me, especially when I was that first-semester freshman raising my hand. Alpha Phi gave me a chance and thousands of unforgettable memories.

Christine Robovsky
Christine Robovsky
B.A., General Studies, 1998
Compensation Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Chicago, IL

Favorite UNI Memory: 
During my time at UNI, I met some great people that have remained close friends to this day. I truly value the time I spent here and the education I received.

Jake Rudy
Jake Rudy
B.A., Political Science and Sociology, 2011
Academic Advisor, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Favorite UNI Memory: The visit by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. I was a member of the Summer Orientation Staff that summer, and we were asked to help staff the event, which drew people from across the country to Cedar Falls. The event was a sight to see, and his message of inclusion and humility really resonated with me. 

What do you like most about UNI: The people. The faculty and staff are first-rate, and truly care about their students as budding academics and emerging adults. UNI is an amazing place, and really brings the world to the doorstep of so many students from small town Iowa.  That formula is hard to re-create, and I think it is what makes UNI the best undergraduate experience in the state.

Kevin Saville
B.A., Accounting, 1987
Corporate Counsel, Frontier Communications
Minnetrista, MN
(612) 839-0909

Catherine (Kay) (Kruger) Smith
Catherine (Kruger) Smith
B.A., M.A.
Retired from AIB College of Business
West Des Moines, IA
(515) 669-7215

Favorite UNI Memory: Walking around campus in spring evenings--so peaceful.

Megan L. Stull
Megan L. Stull
M.A.E., Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs, 2008
Assistant to the President, Clarke University
Dubuque, IA
(319) 430-6681

Favorite UNI Memory:  I had an outstanding graduate education experience at UNI! I met amazing people and was fortunate to be part of a cohort who became close friends. Many of my best friends are those I met at UNI. I also had the opportunity to work with a lot of great UNI people through my practicum experiences in Admissions, Academic Advising, Athletic Advising  and Alumni Relations. I also loved that UNI was close to home – being able to attend UNI events with my parents was really special.

Dustin Toale
Dustin Toale
B.A., Real Estate & Finance, 2016
Real Estate Broker, Compass Real Estate
Chicago, IL
(319) 327-0001

Favorite UNI Memory: Over the course of my four years at UNI, I had the opportunity to represent the University as both TC and TK. While attending weddings, sporting events, meet-and-greets, and so much more, I saw the University from a very unique perspective. I will forever remember all the blood, sweat, and more sweat that went into my experiences and how I was able to do my part in giving back to UNI. #AwwTC